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Slip Sliding Away: Losing Your Theological Direction So Close To Home

by Alan Davis

“It is impossible but that the Church of Rome must spread, when we who are the watch-dogs of the fold are silent, and others are gently and smoothly turfing the road, and making it as soft and smooth as possible, that converts may travel down to the nethermost hell of Popery.” – C.H. Spurgeon

In 1977 Paul Simon wrote and recorded a hit song, Slip Sliding Away some of the lyrics goes like this:

Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away

God only knows
God makes his plan
The information’s unavailable
To the mortal man
We’re working our jobs
Collect our pay
Believe we’re gliding down the highway
When in fact we’re slip slidin’ away

Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away

The entire song can be referenced here

It appears to the naked eye that Dr Russell Moore is taking the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in this general direction. With his ambiguity and budding partnership with the cult of Roman Catholicism he has lost any sense of theological direction as to what the true gospel is and what the cult of the Roman Catholic Church teaches as to salvation.

Now of course some of you are salivating a reply right now of how gospel-centered, gospel-driven and gospel-minded Dr Moore is. To that I would say, once again, that Dr Moore is astute at preaching the gospel in churches and seminaries where the vast majority already stand in the gospel but when he addresses the world it seems he does so with large amounts of ambiguity and uncertainty of just what is the gospel of Jesus Christ. His total lack of clarity on the gospel in the audience of the world is not hard to find.

Sometime prior to December 2014 Russell Moore appeared on the Matt Lewis Show to discuss the late Johnny Cash’s Christian witness. When asked by Lewis about some remarks that Pope Francis had made concerning “good people, even the atheist” getting into heaven, Moore had a stunningly ambiguous answer; “I don’t know what the Pope is talking about”. Come on Dr Moore, you don’t know what the Pope is talking about? Every reporter from the most remote town in America understood the plain language the Pope used, but you didn’t understand? You, the man with a PHD, the man who used to be a professor at Southern seminary, you know, that place where people study theology. You, Dr Russell Moore, have no idea what the Pope is saying or what a Roman Catholic Pope believes as to basic theology? Really? And then Dr Moore went on to tell of a journalist who had asked him, “what’s the difference between the type of Gospel focused engagement you have and what the Pope has? “I don’t know” answered Moore. Dr Moore obviously doesn’t know the difference between what the Pope, as a dyed in the wool Roman Catholic, believes about the gospel and what Russell himself believes? You mean the man who we are paying to lead a Southern Baptist entity cannot tell the difference between Roman Catholicism and Baptist theology? Really? Well, Dr Moore, why don’t you take an educated guess? I think you can do it! Maybe we need to jog Moore’s memory from days gone by in his seminary education, or maybe jolt him with a reading from the BFM 2000. Maybe a little church history of a little event called the Protestant Reformation would jog his memory. Russell Moore’s theological memory seems to have short circuited while being star struck by the Pontiff. Moore then digresses into Neverland by saying the difference between his gospel and the Popes is “accessibility”!? What!?!? Dr Moore have you had a stroke? Is Dr Moore so star struck by the Pope, and being included in the Popes invite circle, that all his sensibilities have left him?

Let’s back up just a bit. In November 2014, Moore was summoned to the Vatican and ran happily to appease the leader of the largest cult in the world. Going there not to preach the true gospel nor to call the lost Roman Pontiff to repentance and faith in Christ but to align himself, the ERLC and us as Southern Baptist, with the folks who burnt us at the stake in a not too distant past. The folks who say we Baptist are accursed and are outside the faith because we don’t bow at the RCC Popes feet (well except for Moore and company). Yes with those folks, Moore has now aligned you and me with the largest cult in the world. Way to go. All your predecessors had kept from this but you, Dr Moore, now you have accomplished the feat of aligning us as Baptist with the false gospel of the RCC. You really have taken us where no one has been before, it is just not the place we want to go slip sliding away. And Dr Moore’s descent into ecumenicism did not stop there. Over and over Moore has attempted to align us with the RCC even to the point of attempting to make an evangelical out of a confirmed and fully aligned Roman Catholic Presidential candidate.

Maybe, just maybe, Russell Moore could stop star gazing into the eyes of Pope Francis long enough to actually remember that the Pope and Southern Baptist DO NOT share the same gospel. That the false gospel of the cult known as The Roman Catholic Church is NOT the true gospel believed by the rank and file Southern Baptist nor is it the gospel preached by the Apostle Paul.

Dr Russell Moore has the ERLC of the southern Baptist convention slip sliding away from solid theology and true gospel partnerships for a road greased with the lies of the enemy and well-traveled by those in the cult known as the RCC. Before we get too far down this road that Moore is leading us on may God turn the leaders of this convention, and the trustees of the ERLC, back to the Scriptures and Spirit of God and crush this anti-Christ spirit Dr Moore is following in an ungodly partnership with the RCC in an ecumenical stew that no one wants to taste. Before we all go ‘slip sliding away’. I pray it happens soon.

Sola Scriptura
Pastor Alan Davis
March 14, 2016

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